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Armed robber shot, killed by Sacramento store employee

Armed robber shot, killed by Sacramento store employee

SACRAMENTO - An employee of a cell phone store shot and killed a suspected armed robber Sunday afternoon and officials say the shooting appears to be justified.

Sgt. Jason Ramos of Sacramento Sheriff's Department said an armed man walked into a Rosemont area Metro PCS business in the 8900 block of Folsom Blvd. around 3 p.m.

The man encountered a store employee and then approached an office in the back of the store. A second employee armed with a gun came from the office and fired one shot at the suspect, killing him, said Ramos.

Ramos said deputies believe the man was looking for cash, phones, or other electronic items.

According to Ramos, the shooting appeared to be justified, but the investigation was still in its early stages.

Arden Fair Mall car burglary suspects arrested

Arden Fair Mall car burglary suspects arrested

SACRAMENTO, CA - Two men police investigators suspect of committing hundreds of car burglaries in the Sacramento area over the last year have been arrested, says a police spokeswoman.

The pair, identified as Javier Garcia, 25, and Dominic Eales, 19, were found when Arden Fair Mall security officers scanned surveillance camera tapes following reports of multiple car break-ins in their lots on Jan. 30. Mall security saw two men and a suspect vehicle in the camera images and informed Sacramento police.

Police were able to find the vehicle in question as well as locate property reported stolen in burglaries, Gigante said.

Garcia and Eales are accused of burglary and conspiracy, Gigante said. They are being investigated in connection with other similar crimes.

Bookkeeper facing embezzlement allegations sought

LODI, CA - Authorities are looking for a woman accused of stealing nearly $160,000 from a Lodi business.

A $200,000 bail warrant has been issued for Sierra Daniella Julia Garcia on allegations of grand theft, falsifying business records and identity theft, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.

Garcia is also known as Sierra Danielle Julia Anderson and Sierra Danielle Julia Gregory.

According to district attorney investigators, Garcia is accused of using a business credit card to charge personal items and using company funds to pay credit card charges of relatives and friends.

Investigators say Garcia could be in the Sacramento area.

Anyone with information on the suspect was urged to contact the Lodi Police Department at (209) 333-6727 and ask for Det. Mike Manetti.

Arrest made in 2012 attempted rape near ARC

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sheriff's investigators say they have arrested a man for the attempted rape of a woman near American River College last summer.

The suspect, Ian Clark, 20, was already in custody on other charges at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

Sgt. Jason Ramos with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said evidence recovered from the scene of the attack linked to Clark. A woman walking on the Arcade Creek nature trail July 16, 2012, was grabbed from behind and choked. She told deputies the man held a knife to her and indicated he would rape and kill her.

The woman struggled free and the man fled on on a bicycle.

Ramos said Clark will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual battery and robbery.

Medical pot dispensaries' owner pleads to federal charges

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Stockton man accused of selling marijuana at storefronts in Stockton and Sacramento under the guise of supplying marijuana for medical purposes has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on manufacturing and distribution charges.

Lynn Farrell Smith, 62, was a co-owner of Pathways Health Cooperative, and Port City Health and Wellness in Stockton; Central Valley Caregivers Cooperative just outside Stockton city limits; and MediZen, Sacramento Patients Group, Twelve Hour Care, River City Wellness all in Sacramento, per court records.

Smith also grew marijuana at a Stockton residence and an industrial warehouse to supply the stores, according to the plea agreement.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Smith and co-defendants made millions in revenue from the operations which falsely claimed compliance with California medical marijuana laws.

FBI offers $100K reward for tips on bank robber with assault rifle

SACRAMENTO, CA - The FBI hopes upping the ante for information leading to the conviction of an armed robber who shot and wounded a police officer and is suspected of committing three bank robberies, one of them in Vacaville, will create new leads to the man's identity.

Thursday, the reward for information on the so-called"AK-47 Bandit" was increased to $100,000, said FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie.

The man robbed a bank in Chino in Southern California Feb. 29, 2012, and shot and wounded a patrolling police officer who arrived as the man was fleeing the bank, Swankie said.

Two weeks later, investigators believe the same man robbed a Bank of the West on the 1000 block of Helen Power Drive in Vacaville. That was March 12, 2012. They also think he is connected to an attempted robbery at Tri Counties Bank on the 1700 block of Challenge Way in Sacramento three days earlier.